Peter Beinart's crisis of oversimplifying American Jews
Peter Beinart wants to be able to be proud of Israel. The fact that he can’t is in large part due to the efforts of an American Jewish leadership long out of touch with the people they presume to represent. He really ought to know better.
Late in Peter Beinart’s “The Crisis of Zionism,” the author cites a statistic that reveals much about his unsophisticated worldview. Writing about the alleged estrangement of young, American liberal Jews from the State of Israel, Beinart solemnly reports that “only 23 percent” of those who attend unaffiliated congregations “say they always feel proud of Israel.” This lack of unqualified pride, Beinart argues, is...
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